The fulness of God's joy comes through obedience

Scripture references

John 15:11 (ASV 1901)

11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Galatians 5:22 (ASV 1901)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Philippians 4:4 (ASV 1901)

4Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice.

Hebrews 12:2 (ASV 1901)

2looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Hudson Taylor found great freedom and lightness of heart once he obeyed the words of Jesus to give to him who asks. At first, out of fear for his own needs, he resisted giving. But once he obeyed, he said that “the joy all came back in full flood tide to my heart.”